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Jan 9

Jake Owen Announces Days of Gold Tour

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Jake Owen’s 2013 album, Days of Gold. Photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Jake Owen has announced his second major nationwide headlining tour. His Days of Gold Tour, which he officially announced from the ESPN tailgate party stage at the BCS National Championship game on Monday, will kick off March 20 in Brookings, South Dakota and run through October, wrapping in Jake’s hometown of Vero Beach, Florida.

“I love throwing parties!” Jake said. “This tour is going to be one big party and everyone is invited. I’ve been lucky enough to be on the road and learn from incredible artists like Chesney, McGraw, and Aldean. I’m really proud of this tour and can’t wait for the fans to see what’s in store. The first night cannot get here fast enough!” Continue Reading

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Jan 8

Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” Is Best-Selling Digital Country Single of All-Time

Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" Is Best-Selling Digital Country Single of All-Time

Florida Georgia Line photo by Kristin Barlowe, courtesy of Sweet Talk PR.

Florida Georgia Line can claim the best-selling digital country single in history. Their smash hit “Cruise” has sold more than 6.6 million downloads to date. The song spent 24 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart, making it the longest running No. 1 since the chart’s inception.

The duo, made up of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, co-wrote “Cruise” with producer Joey Moi, Chase Rice and Jesse Rice. Since signing with Big Machine Label Group’s Republic Nashville imprint in 2012, the duo has received numerous honors, including CMA Duo of the Year, ACM New Artist of the Year and the American Music Award for the all-genre Single of the Year. Continue Reading

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Jan 8

Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton & More Featured on 2014 GRAMMYs Album

Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton & More Featured on 2014 GRAMMYs Album

Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Facebook.com/TaylorSwift.

Atlantic Records and The Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Recordings will release the 2014 GRAMMY Nominees album on January 21. Celebrating its 20th anniversary installment, the album features 18 top-charting hits from this year’s GRAMMY-nominated artists and songwriters. Representing country music are songs from Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Kacey Musgraves and Tim McGraw.

“For more than 20 years we have been creating some incredible editions of the GRAMMY Nominees album, which again represents some of the great songs and talented artists that make up this year’s remarkable nominees,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “We thank Atlantic Records for its collaboration on this project, which provides much needed support for the invaluable programs and initiatives our charities produce year-round. We look forward to another successful GRAMMY compilation.” Continue Reading

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Jan 6

Top 50 Country Videos of 2013

Top 50 Country Videos of 2013

Blake Shelton photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

Each year, we ask fans to help choose the best country music videos of the year for our year-end Top 50 Country Countdown. The fans have spoken and Blake Shelton tops the chart for the fourth year in a row, this time with “Boys ‘Round Here.” Last Year, fans voted Blake at No. 1 with “Over.” He topped the chart in 2011 with “God Gave Me You” and in 2010 with “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking.”

Here are the Top 50 Videos of 2013, chosen by you!

  1. “Boys ‘Round Here” – Blake Shelton
  2. “See You Again” – Carrie Underwood
  3. “Mama’s Broken Heart” – Miranda Lambert
  4. “Southern Comfort Zone” – Brad Paisley
  5. “Two Black Cadillacs” – Carrie Underwood
  6. “Hey Girl” – Billy Currington
  7. “Someone Somewhere Tonight” – Kellie Pickler
  8. “Cruise” – Florida Georgia Line
  9. “Sure Be Cool If You Did” – Blake Shelton
  10. “Wagon Wheel” – Darius Rucker
  11. “Crash My Party” – Luke Bryan
  12. “See You Tonight” – Scotty McCreery
  13. “Blue Ridge Mountain Song” – Alan Jackson
  14. “Highway Don’t Care” – Tim McGraw w/Taylor Swift, ft. Keith Urban
  15. “Don’t Rush” – Kelly Clarkson w/Vince Gill
  16. “Downtown” – Lady Antebellum
  17. “Little Bit of Everything” – Keith Urban
  18. “Wasting All These Tears” – Cassadee Pope
  19. “Tie It Up” – Kelly Clarkson
  20. “Aw Naw” – Chris Young
  21. “Goodbye In Her Eyes” – Zac Brown Band
  22. “Red” – Taylor Swift
  23. “You Can’t Make Old Friends” – Kenny Rogers w/Dolly Parton
  24. “That’s My Kind of Night” – Luke Bryan
  25. “All Kinds of Kinds” – Miranda Lambert
  26. “Done” – The Band Perry
  27. “Night Train” – Jason Aldean
  28. “If I Didn’t Have You” – Thompson Square
  29. “Beat This Summer” – Brad Paisley
  30. “Goodbye Town” – Lady Antebellum
  31. “I Drive Your Truck” – Lee Brice
  32. “Don’t Ya” – Brett Eldredge
  33. “Like A Rose” – Ashley Monroe
  34. “Southern Girl” – Tim McGraw
  35. “Every Storm Runs Out Of Rain” – Gary Allan
  36. “American Heart” – Faith Hill
  37. “22” – Taylor Swift
  38. “Tornado” – Little Big Town
  39. “Easy” – Sheryl Crow
  40. “The Only Way I Know” – Jason Aldean w/Luke Bryan, Eric Church
  41. “Like Jesus Does” – Eric Church
  42. “The Heart of Dixie” – Danielle Bradbery
  43. “Too Drunk To Karaoke” – Jimmy Buffett w/Toby Keith
  44. “More Than Miles” – Brantley Gilbert
  45. “Imagine That” – Don Williams w/Keith Urban
  46. “Better Dig Two” – The Band Perry
  47. “Changed” – Rascal Flatts
  48. “Everything Has Changed” – Taylor Swift w/Ed Sheeran
  49. “That Girl” – Jennifer Nettles
  50. “I Want Crazy” – Hunter Hayes

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Dec 30

Florida Georgia Line Won’t Try to Top 2013

Florida Georgia Line Won't Try to Top 2013

Florida Georgia Line photo by Kristin Barlowe, courtesy of BMLG.

2013 has been an unforgettable year for Florida Georgia Line. The duo scored three consecutive No. 1 hits, won a slew of major awards and spent much of the year on the road, opening for Luke Bryan on his Dirt Road Diaries Tour and headlining their own tour. As 2014 fast approaches, they don’t feel pressure to try and top 2013.

“I think next year we’re gonna go in there feeling strong,” Tyler Hubbard said.  “We never really put pressure on ourselves. We just do what we love, write songs that we love, record songs that we love and try to make our live show the best that it can be. And that’s just what we do.” Continue Reading

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Dec 25

2013 Rewind: No. 4 – George Strait Prepares to “Ride Away”

2013 Rewind: No. 4 - George Strait Prepares to "Ride Away"

Entertainer of the Year award winner George Strait poses in the press room during the 47th Annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 6, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images)

2013 is a year George Strait won’t soon forget. King George kicked off 2013 with the first leg of The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, his final set of tour dates.

On May 14, George released his 40th studio album, Love Is Everything. A week after its release, George made history when his single “Give It All We Got Tonight” topped the charts. The song made him the first music artist in history, in any genre, to record 60 No. 1 songs.

“I didn’t realize we were making history,” he said. “I just hoped we were putting out music that my fans would enjoy. As always, I’m thankful to the fans and country radio for their support on all 60 of these number one songs as well as my entire career. They are the ones who made this happen.”

George had plenty of support to reach the career milestone. Country stars and fans alike joined Continue Reading

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Dec 19

2013 Rewind: No. 8 – Florida Georgia Line “Cruises” to Breakout Year

2013 Rewind: No. 8 - Florida Georgia Line "Cruises" to Breakout Year

Florida Georgia Line photo by Kristin Barlowe, courtesy of BMLG.

While several new artists caught the ears of country fans in 2013, Florida Georgia Line had a breakout year that included a sold-out headlining tour and crossover success. The duo entered 2013 having just topped the charts with “Cruise.” The song spent three weeks atop the Country Airplay chart, the most weeks at No. 1 on the chart for a new act since Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman” in 2004.

“Cruise” went on to spend 24 weeks over three different runs, including a remix of the song featuring Nelly, at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, making it the longest run at No. 1 in the chart’s 69 year history. The song has sold more than six million copies to date, becoming the second best-selling country song in history behind Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now.” Continue Reading

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Dec 9

More Than 100,000 Fans Will Attend George Strait’s Final Show

George Strait

George Strait photo by Jill Trunnell, courtesy of Essential Broadcast Media

The final stop on George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas sold out within hours of tickets going on sale on December 6. The show, featuring a star-studded lineup, set to take place June 7, 2014. More than 100,000 fans will be in attendance.

“Wow,” George said. “To see this response from the fans to our final show is humbling and exciting at the same time. This is going to be an incredible night and I feel very blessed this holiday knowing how many of you we’ll get to see next year on our final tour.” Continue Reading

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Dec 7

Nominees for the 2014 GRAMMY Awards Announced

Taylor Swift nominated for GRAMMY for Album of the Year

Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Erickson Public Relations.

Nominations for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards® were announced last night by The Recording Academy® as determined by the voting members of The Academy. The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on “GRAMMY Sunday,” Jan. 26, 2014, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). For a complete nominations list, please visit www.grammy.com. Below is a sampling of nominations in 82 categories from the GRAMMY Awards’ 30 Fields:

Photos from the 2012 GRAMMYs >>

GENERAL FIELD
Album Of The Year
:
The Blessed Unrest
— Sara Bareilles
Random Access Memories
— Daft Punk
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
— Kendrick Lamar
The Heist
— Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Red
Taylor Swift

Best New Artist:
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

COUNTRY:
Best Country Solo Performance
:
“I Drive Your Truck” — Lee Brice
“I Want Crazy” — Hunter Hayes
“Mama’s Broken Heart” — Miranda Lambert
“Wagon Wheel” — Darius Rucker
“Mine Would Be You” — Blake Shelton

Best Country Album:
Night Train
Jason Aldean
Two Lanes Of Freedom
Tim McGraw
Same Trailer Different Park
— Kacey Musgraves
Based On A True Story
— Blake Shelton
Red
— Taylor Swift Continue Reading

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Dec 6

Scotty McCreery Back at No. 1 on Top 20

Scotty McCreery Back at No. 1 on Top 20

Scotty McCreery photo by Russ Harrington, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Scotty McCreery returns to No. 1 on on Top 20 Country Countdown with “”See You Tonight,” bumping Alan Jackson to No. 2 with “Blue Ridge Mountain Song.” Parmalee climbs to  No. 3 with “Carolina” and Gary Allan’s latest video, “It Ain’t The Whiskey,” debuts on the countdown at No. 18/

Plus, host Nan Kelley traveled to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for the amusement park’s world-renowned Smoky Mountain Christmas. With more than four million lights and spectacular holiday shows, the Christmas spirit was alive and well. Santa Claus himself even made an appearance!

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Head over to our Top 20 section for videos, photos and more! You can also catch Top 20 Extras, cast your votes, and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land.

This Week’s Chart:

  1. Scotty McCreery – “See You Tonight”
  2. Alan Jackson – “Blue Ridge Mountain Song”
  3. Parmalee – “Carolina”
  4. Keith  Urban w/Miranda Lambert – “We Were Us”
  5. Kenny Rogers w/Dolly Parton – “You Can’t Make Old Friends”
  6. Danielle Bradbery – “The Heart of Dixie”
  7. Luke Bryan – “That’s My Kind of Night”
  8. Sara Evans – “Slow Me Down”
  9. The Band Perry – “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely”
  10. Joe Nichols – “Sunny and 75” Continue Reading

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